You know how you run your tongue over your teeth after you eat popcorn? Trying to find those last little pieces of shells stuck along your gums? That’s how my day ended at school.
Although it wasn’t popcorn I was trying to find…nope I was trying to get down the last of a larva. Yep, larva. Luckily it was prepared for consumption, which meant some sort of baking and seasoning. There were Cheese Flavor, BBQ, and Mexican Spice flavors to choose from(if you wanna buy some -- they're made by Hotlix or on sold Amazon. I went with the last. The kids “dared” me to do it.
Courtney Franke(pronounced frahn-KEY), InterpretiveNaturalist with Elkhart County Parks is giving another one of his stellar educational “performances”. Over the next few weeks he will teach 6 sessions about how scientists classify animals. We will learn how they are put into the different classes.
I smiled, trying to be coy, but I couldn’t hide the fact that this would be one challenge I would love to take! When the time came for our snack half of the students took one of the larvae and popped them into their mouth. I took a Mexican Spice baked worm and chewed it. It wasn’t oozy or anything. It was crunchy and really just disintegrated … leaving little pieces of shell that 20 minutes later I was finding and waiting for a drink to wash it down.